David A. Robalino
Research Fellow

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Robalino David Robalino is the Labor Team leader at the Social Protection anchor of the World Bank. Since joining the Bank David has been working on issues related to social security, labor markets and fiscal policy. He has worked in several countries in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. David has published on issues related to macroeconomics and labor markets, social insurance and pensions, health financing, the economics of HIV/AIDS, and the economics of climate change. More recently David has been working on issues related to the design of unemployment benefits systems in middle income countries, the extension of social insurance programs to the informal sector, and the integration of social protection and education/training policies to improve labor market outcomes and productivity growth. Prior to joining the Bank David was a researcher at the RAND Corporation where he was involved in research on health, population and labor, climate change, and the development of quantitative methods for policy analysis under conditions of uncertainty. David also served in the Presidential Committee for Social Security Reform in Ecuador. David did his graduate studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica – California.

David Robalino joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2010 and acted as Co-Director of the institute’s "Employment and Development" research area until February 2016.
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IZA World of Labor article: Designing unemployment benefits in developing countries
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10263  Jochen Kluve
Olga Susana Puerto
David A. Robalino
Jose M. Romero
Friederike Rother
Jonathan Stöterau
Felix Weidenkaff
Marc Witte
Do Youth Employment Programs Improve Labor Market Outcomes? A Systematic Review
10024  Merve Akbas
Dan Ariely
David A. Robalino
Michael Weber
How to Help Poor Informal Workers to Save a Bit: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya
9358  Yoon Y. Cho
David A. Robalino
Jose M. Romero
Entering and Leaving Self-Employment: A Panel Data Analysis for 12 Developing Countries
7879  Carmen Pagés
Jamele Rigolini
David A. Robalino
Social Insurance, Informality and Labor Markets: How to Protect Workers While Creating Good Jobs
6660  David N. Margolis
Lucas Navarro
David A. Robalino
Unemployment Insurance, Job Search and Informal Employment
5476  David A. Robalino
Eduardo Zylberstajn
Juan David Robalino
Incentive Effects of Risk Pooling, Redistributive and Savings Arrangements in Unemployment Benefit Systems: Evidence from a Job-Search Model for Brazil
4516  David A. Robalino
Milan Vodopivec
András Bodor
Savings for Unemployment in Good or Bad Times: Options for Developing Countries